NEW MEXICO – U.S. Border Patrol apprehended the largest group of illegal immigrants in its history. At midnight, CBP apprehended 424 illegal immigrants in Sunland Park, New Mexico, and in Antelope Wells, New Mexico, a second group of 230 undocumented immigrants was taken into custody.
LARGEST GROUP APPREHENDED—#BorderPatrol agents apprehended the largest group of 424 illegal aliens just after midnight this morning in Sunland Park, NM. A second group of 230 illegal aliens was also apprehended in Antelope Wells, NM this morning. More: https://t.co/54XxK78XB2 pic.twitter.com/i5owidRi1t
— CBP (@CBP) April 30, 2019
In a statement earlier today, CBP said, “This is an ongoing situation that U.S Border Patrol agents are facing in southern New Mexico: hundreds of parents and children being encountered by agents after having faced a dangerous journey in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.”
The Washington Examiner spoke with CBP and confirmed that “The groups are not traveling to the U.S. on their own, they are paying human smugglers and cartels to get them into the U.S.
“CBP Border Sector Chief of Yuma said they urgently need funding to provide housing for these individuals, along with the need for better border barriers.
The growing border crisis continues to overwhelm authorities in border states even as the Pentagon approved of more troops along the U.S.-Mexico area. Two days ago the Pentagon approved a request from the Department of Homeland Security for approximately 320 troops at the southern border.
A central focus of President Donald Trump’s re-campaign is to secure our borders. The Trump administration has publicly supported changes to asylum processes in order to manage the growing number of migrants pouring into the U.S. and has backed sending more troops/resources to the border.
The recognition from Washington did not go unnoticed by those affected by it the most: Arizonans.
Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona told Accuracy in Media, “It’s refreshing to see our nation’s top leader take steps to secure our borders as many others sit back in the audience watching the crisis. As a citizen and career law enforcement professional, I stand united with our CBP professionals and the support of our military to secure our southern border.”
Dannels is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement and serves in a number of prominent border organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council, National Sheriffs Association, and Arizona Homeland Security-Regional Advisory Council.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.